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Knowledge@Wharton: May 16, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Alyssa Ayres (Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia; Author of “Our Time Has Come”, Council on Foreign Relations), Elston He (Co-Founder, The Shift Fund), Pratyusha Yalamanchi (Co-Founder, Shift Fund), Mukul Pandya (Executive Director and Editor-in-chief, Knowledge@Wharton), John Paul MacDuffie (Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), and Sinan Aral (David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan) on the Wednesday, May 16, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

John Paul MacDuffie

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: John Paul MacDuffie

Jennifer Golbeck and Sinan Aral

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Jennifer Golbeck, Sinan Aral

Alyssa Ayres and Mukul Pandya

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Alyssa Ayres, Mukul Pandya

Pratyusha Yalamanchi and Elston He

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Elston He, Pratyusha Yalamanchi

Featured Guests

John Paul MacDuffie

Professor of Management; Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI), the Wharton School; Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management


Professor MacDuffie is Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. PVMI carries on the work of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), the research network founded at M.I.T. to study the challenges facing the global automotive industry, which Professor MacDuffie co-directed from 2001-2012. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. degree from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

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Jennifer Golbeck

Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland


Dr. Jen Golbeck is a world leader in social media research and science communication.She began studying social media from the moment it emerged on the web a decade ago, and is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. Her research has influenced industry, government and the military. She is a pioneer in the field of social data analytics, discovering people’s hidden attributes from their online behavior, and a leader in creating human-friendly security and privacy systems. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland.

Twitter – @jengolbeck | @UofMaryland

Book – https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Social-Media-Investigation-Hands/dp/0128016566/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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Sinan Aral

David Austin Professor of Management, MIT Sloan


Sinan Aral is the David Austin Professor of Management at MIT, where he is a Professor of IT & Marketing, Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and where he co-leads MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He was the Chief Scientist at SocialAmp, one of the first social commerce analytics companies (until its sale to Merkle in 2012) and at Humin, a social platform that the Wall Street Journal called the first “Social Operating System” (until its sale to Tinder in 2016). He is currently a founding partner at Manifest Capital and on the Advisory Board of the Alan Turing Institute, the British National Institute for Data Science, in London. Sinan was the Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Times R&D Lab in 2013 and has worked closely with Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Yahoo, Jet.com, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, SAP and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from big data analytics, social media and IT investments. Sinan’s research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award and a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2014, he was named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40” by Poets and Quants and, in 2018, received the Herbert Simon Award of Rajk László College in Budapest. He is the author of the upcoming book The Hype Machine, about how social media is disrupting our democracy, our economy, and our public health. Sinan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, holds Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University, and received his Ph.D. from MIT. He enjoys cooking, skiing and telling jokes about his own cooking and skiing. His most recent hobby is learning from his four-year-old son.

Twitter- @sinanaral.
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Alyssa Ayres

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia; Author of “Our Time Has Come”, Council on Foreign Relations


Alyssa Ayres is senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR her work focuses on India’s role in the world and on U.S. relations with South Asia. In 2015, she served as the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S.-India Relations, and from 2014 to 2016, as the project director for an initiative on the new geopolitics of China, India, and Pakistan. She directs the U.S. Relations with South Asia Roundtable series, blogs regularly for Asia Unbound, and is a contributor to Forbes.com. Her book about India’s rise on the world stage, Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2018.

Ayres served previously as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013, covering all issues across a dynamic region of 1.3 billion people (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) and providing policy direction for four U.S. embassies and four consulates. Originally trained as a cultural historian, Ayres has experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, and she has carried out research on both India and Pakistan.

Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Ayres was founding director of the India and South Asia practice at McLarty Associates, the Washington-based international strategic advisory firm, from 2008 to 2010. Immediately prior, she served in the U.S. Department of State as special assistant to the undersecretary for political affairs as a CFR international affairs fellow. Prior to that she worked in the nonprofit sector at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Asia Society in New York.

Her book on nationalism, culture, and politics in Pakistan, Speaking Like a State, was published worldwide by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and received the American Institute of Pakistan Studies book prize for 2011–2012. She has coedited three books on India and Indian foreign policy: Power Realignments in Asia, India Briefing: Takeoff at Last?, and India Briefing: Quickening the Pace of Change. Ayres has been awarded numerous fellowships and has received four group or individual Superior Honor Awards for work at the State Department. She speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu, and in the mid-1990s worked as an interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross. She received an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, where her dissertation was defended with distinction. She is a former term member of CFR and a life member since 2010.

Twitter- @CFR_org | @AyresAlyssa

Personal Site- http://alyssaayres.com

Book Site- http://alyssaayres.com/books/our-time-has-come-how-india-is-making-its-place-in-the-world/

Book- https://www.amazon.com/Our-Time-Has-Come-Making/dp/0190494522
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Mukul Pandya

Executive Director and Editor-in-chief, Knowledge@Wharton

Elston He

Co-Founder, The Shift Fund


Elston is a JD MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School. Previously, Elston was an associate at Guggenheim Partners, focusing on opportunistic credit and structured equity investments. Prior to Guggenheim, he covered high yield and distressed project finance and municipal credits on Citigroup’s municipal trading desk. Elston also serves on the Board of Directors of the Aging in New York Fund, an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older New Yorkers and their families. Elston graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2013 with an AB in Philosophy and minor in Government.
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Pratyusha Yalamanchi

Co-Founder, Shift Fund


Pratyusha is a recent MD/MBA graduate and 21st Century Full Tuition Merit Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School. She has a background in global health care access and in medical school, she has worked at the Penn Center for Community Health Workers to support high risk patients in the transition from inpatient discharge to outpatient care and to reduce 30-day readmission rates. These experiences served as motivation to start Shift Fund, to support small sums, high impact barriers for individuals, which are significant socioeconomic determinants of health. She was previously a host of The Business of Health Care on SiriusXM 132.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2013 with an A.B in Human Evolutionary Biology and minor in Visual Art.
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